Thursday, July 12th 2018

CD Projekt Red: "The Witcher is One of Two Franchises On Which to Build the Future"

Well, that's it, then: we now have yet another CD Projekt Red game to look forward to. It was always expected that this would be the case: that The Witcher didn't end with The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. It just couldn't; that game was much too close to a masterpiece, and too much of a commercial success, for that world not to be visited in other circumstances. In an interview with Bankier.pl, CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kiciński spoke about the possibility of a new Witcher game - outside the pretty clear-cut The Witcher trilogy arc we already know (and love).
"This does not mean, of course, that we will leave the world of The Witcher. The Witcher is one of two franchises on which to build the future activities of the company. Today, unfortunately, I can not reveal anything more."

Adam Kiciński, CD Projekt Red CEO
Those two franchises are - quite obviously - Cyberpunk and The Witcher, so it seems CD Projekt Red has found its calling and enough creative space within the two franchises to thrive. The Witcher has the open-world, medieval/fantasy RPG hold as one of the best such games ever created, and spawned a product that fills another space and revenue stream with Gwent. Cyberpunk, however, sates that technological, first person action hunger, opening up the cyberpunk (who would have guessed?) and science-fiction playgrounds. I'd say those are two of the best grounds to be in, really.
As a slight tangents, never mind that Wiedźmin's (The Witcher) creator, Andrzej Sapkowski, sold the rights to CD Projekt Red for $9,500 and waived the right for royalties for that lump payment. He might not have believed, at all, in the series' success - but how great a thing that it was, with all of its 33 million game copies sold, that we have such a fantastic games development studio on whose worlds we can dive into.
See you netrunning. Sources: TechSpot, PCGamesN, PCGamesN
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39 Comments on CD Projekt Red: "The Witcher is One of Two Franchises On Which to Build the Future"

#1
AsRock
TPU addict
From what i understand the creator of the story aint to happy with the Witcher or CDR, tell you what he should be grateful he sold it to them and not UBI or EA or even sold it due to at that time.

I get the feeling he wont be even happy with the deal with Netflix series, as imagination is hard to put on paper and even harder to put in a TV series\film or game even.
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#2
dj-electric
Confused by the HIS logo in the title?
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phanbuey
AsRock said:
From what i understand the creator of the story aint to happy with the Witcher or CDR, tell you what he should be grateful he sold it to them and not UBI or EA or even sold it due to at that time.

I get the feeling he wont be even happy with the deal with Netflix series, as imagination is hard to put on paper and even harder to put in a TV series\film or game even.
Yeah but he is known to be kind of a 'difficult' person anyways. I think it's more jealousy that the game is the work that became the success and not the books - he blames the game for costing him book sales.
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#4
Vayra86
AsRock said:
From what i understand the creator of the story aint to happy with the Witcher or CDR, tell you what he should be grateful he sold it to them and not UBI or EA or even sold it due to at that time.

I get the feeling he wont be even happy with the deal with Netflix series, as imagination is hard to put on paper and even harder to put in a TV series\film or game even.
I think its a generational gap at work, this guy simply doesn't get that games are the new books in many ways. Its entertainment, and writers have that annoying tendency to consider everything they produce as 'high culture' or 'art' that elevates beyond entertainment. In fact, its all entertainment; you don't visit a museum or read a book to annoy yourself right?
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rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
phanbuey said:
Yeah but he is known to be kind of a 'difficult' person anyways. I think it's more jealousy that the game is the work that became the success and not the books - he blames the game for costing him book sales.
Actually, from my understanding it has increased his book sales. I also went and bought most of the series after the 2nd game, and just as TW3 was coming out.
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#6
Razrback16
rtwjunkie said:
Actually, from my understanding it has increased his book sales. I also went and bought most of the series after the 2nd game, and just as TW3 was coming out.
Yep. I would never have bought his books (or even heard of them) without the games, but after playing the series, I bought all of them and read them last year to understand the lore.

And as someone else said - games, at least to me, are basically like books that I get to play an important part in. :)

And just to add, I'm pumped for another Witcher game. Best news I've read in a while. :D
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#8
altcapwn
Witcher 3 was so good... I think they should leave the serie so that they can't flop it. Just like Dark Souls 3 is my favorite of all time and they stopped the series.
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#9
Razrback16
altcapwn said:
Witcher 3 was so good... I think they should leave the serie so that they can't flop it. Just like Dark Souls 3 is my favorite of all time and they stopped the series.
That would be a bad business decision for a company to stop making games on a specific franchise when its fans, shareholders, and the media are constantly inquiring on when the next one is coming. :)
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#10
Laurijan
At least i bought a couple of witcher books after the games. Can be right that they books dont sell because of game.
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#11
AsRock
TPU addict
But most know if you want the best story their is only one way to do that and that's to read the book(s). As TV\Game's leave stuff out things get changed.

Hitman comes to mind, well what it used to be at least, WOW that film was a total utter fail.

Vayra86 said:
I think its a generational gap at work, this guy simply doesn't get that games are the new books in many ways. Its entertainment, and writers have that annoying tendency to consider everything they produce as 'high culture' or 'art' that elevates beyond entertainment. In fact, its all entertainment; you don't visit a museum or read a book to annoy yourself right?
Of course, on top of that if he's spending most of his time thinking of fantasy most of the time i will take a guess his mind is not really in to what's NEW.
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Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
Raevenlord said:
edieval/fantasy RPG hold as one of the best such games ever created
by the cult following? because I could never get into it. Was the actual global sales figure that good?
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Upgrayedd
Solaris17 said:
by the cult following? because I could never get into it. Was the actual global sales figure that good?
For the TW3? Yeah sales were amazing for a SP only game, it still sells. It even helped sell copies of the older games.
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rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Solaris17 said:
by the cult following? because I could never get into it. Was the actual global sales figure that good?
Yep, sales were that good! And it stands as the RPG standard for anbody trying to make that genre in the future.
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Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
Thanks! I love RPGs maybe I wasnt in the right mindset or maybe it picks up later in the game. Will give it another go I already own it!
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#17
Vayra86
Solaris17 said:
Thanks! I love RPGs maybe I wasnt in the right mindset or maybe it picks up later in the game. Will give it another go I already own it!
Definitely needs a certain mindset. If you go in tackling it like a WoW grind to max level, you're doing it wrong.
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#19
snakefist
Those books aren't that great at all... I'm happy I've borrowed first ones from the library, instead buying them. My opinion, at least...
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#20
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
Vayra86 said:
Definitely needs a certain mindset. If you go in tackling it like a WoW grind to max level, you're doing it wrong.
Good thing I never played wow
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#21
8tyone
I found Witcher 3 very boring; I lost a lot of friends because I said I did not like Witcher 3. I played it for 89 hours and then gave up. Witcher has a big fan following which is really intolerant to criticism.
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#22
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
8tyone said:
I found Witcher 3 very boring; I lost a lot of friends because I said I did not like Witcher 3. I played it for 89 hours and then gave up. Witcher has a big fan following which is really intolerant to criticism.
I just gotta say, you are calling a lot of people friends that are really not in that category to be called friends, if that happened. An actual friend can accept your differences and choices.

Sounds like you put a good chunk of time into trying it. If you didn’t like it, then you didn’t like it.

As to the intolerance of Witcher fans....:confused::confused:
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#23
AsRock
TPU addict
rtwjunkie said:
I just gotta day, you are calling a lot of people friends that are really not in that category to be called friends, if that happened. An actual friend can accept your differences and choices.

Sounds like you put a good chunk of time into trying it. If you didn’t like it, then you didn’t like it.

As to the intolerance of Witcher fans....:confused::confused:
Agree for the most part, as this is just a game, some one saying they going stop being your friend due to it are pretty pathetic and probably better of without them.

I say you done your self a solid rooting out some false friends.
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rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
GamerNerves said:
The Witcher 3 is not an RPG.
Whether a fan or a hater, TW3 is certainly an RPG. By any standard of RPG’s it fits the category. This is upheld by classification given by game sales sites and clients which classify it, all the major reviewers, as well as the studio which made it.
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